I'm thirty-five years old, and I stopped
reading comics regularly about 5 years ago when
they became too expensive and too "real."
I started reading them when I was about
six. My first comic was Superboy/LSH #208. I
was a kid, they were kids, and I was hooked. I
spent countless hours reading and drawing the
Legionnares, and countless allowances buying
their adventures. For a kid growing up, it was
great to get away from schoolwork and chores and
just go to a simpler time (Smallville) or to the
I read many comics over the years and
collected thousands, with S/LSH always remaining
my favorite. Then, in so many comics, the
stories became gritty, the language filthy, and
the prices ridiculously high. And besides,
Superboy was "dead."
Then I discovered this site, and after
reading so many Superboy comics I could visualize
each scene that took place, and it took me back
to that simpler time and place. I love it. Thank
you, Mr. Hawkins; you made my day.
David Pressley, June 22, 2002
I am a big Superman fan and i really liked the stories -
Lancer11785, May 25, 2002
Superboy lives! I have been waiting so very long for his
I have to admit, I am glad the "new" Superboy in DC Comics
is going away.
He never could hold a candle to the original Superboy's
courage, honor and
Thank you for bringing the Superboy I know and love back!
ED, May 4, 2002
Those first few paragraphs at the beginning of
one of my most favoured passages of all time, and the reason
I enjoy Samuel Hawkins' stories so much (particularly the
A beautiful study of how the boy's life
so different and above that of 'normal men' in the
application of his
mind and super-senses. Excellent stuff.
I had no problems picking up Maggin's Last Son of Krypton
it took me a long while before I was able to find a copy of
Miracle Monday (this was 15 years ago, before amazon.com).
I'd always wished
that I could find more authors like Maggin, and then
your site a year ago.
Eagerly looking forward to more Hawkins stories!
Brad Rosser, May 4, 2002
I have always been a fan of Superman and Superboy comics
and wish I had been
collecting them when I was a kid. Like most kids, back
in the 1960s,
none of us knew how valuable the comics we paid 10 cents
would be worth. Anyhow, to make a long story short,
when I was about 10
years old (1964) I wrote
a letter to the Smallville Mailsack and it was printed
in a Superboy
comic. I don't remember the number but I seem to
remember the cover:
Superman was coming out of a time machine and meeting
himself. That was the issue my letter was in. If you
have access to
any Superboy or Superman comics
from the mid 1960s, my letter was from Danny Rickless,
and the question I had asked
was about why Superman could have a nightmare if he was
The editor wrote back that
while they said Superman was invulnerable to physical
harm, a nightmare
was a horse of a different color. I do not have any
comics these days,
and I would really be thrilled to see my letter again.
I seem to remember that the issue's # was either in the
mid 60 numbers,
or the 90s. If you have
any way of locating that issue and finding my letter in
Mailsack... and perhaps would be
kind enough to scan it for me.... I would be very
grateful. At the age
of 47 now, being able to
glimpse a piece of my childhood with my comics would be
priceless to me.
Daniel Rickless, October 24, 2001
Just dropping you a line saying how much my family has enjoyed reading
your stories. Mr. Hawkins is an excellent author.
We look forward to the next superboy adventure!
Bravo, Mr. Hawkins!!
- The Rupp Family, March 10, 2001
You know, I'm not going to lie...
...I don't like fan fiction. Every time I've tried to read some, I've always
ended up thinking it was a silly waste of my time. In my eyes, the stories
were nothing more than the authors living out their fantasies of writing
comics/tv shows/etc. It was ridiculous. I promised myself I'd never read
another one. Again, it was a waste of time.
And then I stumbled on Superboy Lives.
And then I was blown away.
So far, I've only read the first chapter of
but I can't resist
writing to you and giving you the praise you deserve. The lone chapter has to
be one of the most well crafted bits of Superman related storytelling I have
read in years. It's been awhile, I admit, since I've read a "mainstream"
Superman/Superboy/etc. story, but this is much better than what I remember.
Combining the mystique and innocence of the Pre-Crisis Superboy with an
updated, more mature aspect is done in such a marvelous way that one would
have to be foolish or illiterate not to enjoy it. Even if one was not a fan
of superheroes, this first chapter could be viewed as a small piece itself,
about the ending innocence of childhood.
Mr. Hawkins, you have put out a wonderful work. I'm honestly extremely
thrilled with the prospect of reading further. I hope you can find a way in
your busy schedule to allow yourself to put out even more.
Looking forward to the rest,
- J. Keatinge, October 28, 2000
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